January jobs report: Hiring ramps up, unemployment falls
February 3rd, 2012
08:39 AM ET
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January jobs report: Hiring ramps up, unemployment falls

New York (CNNMoney) - American employers substantially stepped up their hiring in January, bringing the unemployment rate down for the fifth month in a row.

Employers added 243,000 jobs in January, the Labor Department reported Friday, marking a pick-up in hiring from December, when the economy added 203,000 jobs.

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  1. Andrew

    Time for the republicans to make this seem like it doesn't matter...

    February 3, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  2. macrasta

    the GOP will still criticize and blame..but for me a job well done Mr President!

    February 3, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  3. vic , nashville ,tn

    Without any help from congress Obama moving the country in the right direction
    God bless him

    February 3, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  4. diridi

    God bless you, Obama, I am very confident of you. You fix this nation. Please. My vote for you in advance. Americans, it is not time to judge by color. This nation is on right track. We needed these reforms long time ago. Ignored by republican idiots. This election is all about Rich v/s Middle Class Americans. God bless. Obama2012.

    February 3, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  5. Fair is Fair

    Very good news! Well, you all have been asking "where's the jobs, GOP?" Here you go. Since the 2010 shellacking, the unemployment rate has dropped almost 2 percentage points. Well done, GOP... well done!

    February 3, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  6. Pedro

    That is great. Let's keep up the good work.
    Soon we will be out of this unemployment problem. God bless us.

    February 3, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  7. Joe

    Unemp will hit 7.9 by June or July. Add that to foreign success and this is pretty much a wrap. Say what you want but it'll be a uphill battle for the GOP.

    February 3, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  8. Ibrahim

    Seems like Obama is actually a job creator . Can't wait to see what the job cremator has to say about that number ..

    February 3, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  9. Bessy

    I'm waiting to see how the Republicans try to tear apart this statistic. They will, trust me.

    February 3, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  10. Jane12

    President Obama’s “We Can't Wait” Executive Orders are paying off!

    February 3, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  11. Debra from Georgia

    I bet the Republicans try to take credit for this one. As we know, this "do nothing congress" said no to anything this President have done to get the economy going. This is his glory, his work. GO President Obama 2012

    February 3, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  12. once upon a horse

    ok now I am going to wait and see how the GOP puts a negative spin on THIS!! The economy getting better under Obama is NOT what they have in plan for 2012.

    February 3, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  13. The GOP opens mouth and inserts foot

    How many of those are people falling off unemployment because their time ran out as opposed to those who actually got off unemployment because they found jobs?

    February 3, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  14. NYC REPUB

    If this trend continues, the President is back in the WH!!!!! Go AMERICA, Go Private sector! Go Government jobs!

    February 3, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  15. Jilli

    Woo hoo!! Looks like the republican strategy to keep the economy in the tank is failing – and America is winning! Great news.

    February 3, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  16. Chumlee

    Congratulations President Obama. Only someone with your level of intelligence and foresight could make progress
    in a Bush-destroyed economy.

    Keep going forward. Obama 2012!

    February 3, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  17. CB

    Good Job

    February 3, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  18. Franco, FL

    That's very good news, keep it up America.

    February 3, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  19. Ed 1

    The spin doctors are working overtime I see every report that I have seen today was 150,000 jobs added for January and unemployment stays at 8.5%.

    You can make the numbers anything you want them to be good or bad just look at how many people have just given up do to our failed economy policies.

    Government can't create jobs unless you are working for the government.

    February 3, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |